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Watch: First Teaser For David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis' With Twilight Star Robert Pattinson Is Seriously Impressive

by Oliver Lyttelton
March 22, 2012 5:09 AM
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After the rather staid costume drama of "A Dangerous Method," a film that failed to embrace the kink promised in the premise of an sado-masochistic affair between Jung and a former patient, many started to wonder: had David Cronenberg gone soft? The filmmaker has been steadily moving into more mainstream territory, but generally managed to keep a little of the transgressiveness that made his name with films from "The Brood" to "Crash." But with the Keira Knightley/Michael Fassbender drama? Not so much.

Well it appears that that was only a short-term issue: the teaser trailer for Cronenberg's next film, an adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel "Cosmopolis," has arrived, and it looks like classic Cronenberg stuff. Following a twentysomething billionaire, who fears he's going to be murdered, as he travels through Manhattan in a limo on the worst traffic day in record, the film's been getting more attention than the filmmaker's used to, seeing as it's toplined by "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson, who for certain demographics is one of the biggest heartthrobs to hit the big screen in a long time. But that attention doesn't seem to have made Cronenberg water things down -- the brief, French-subtitled clip (which seems a little reminiscent of "Enter The Void" in its neon-inflected marketing) has sex, violence, body horror and bizarre images.

It looks, to be frank, absolutely brilliant, and it's certainly dampened any doubts we might have had for the time being. And R-Patz? Damned if he doesn't look, in the very brief glimpses, right at home. Is it possible that all the doubters are about to be proved wrong with a terrific performance? That being said, we'd said the same about "Bel Ami," and that did not turn out well... All signs point to a Cannes premiere for the film, which will open in France on May 23rd: there's no U.S. distributor or release date just yet, but it can't be too far away. Update: C7nema has a new international poster for the film which we've added below. [Twitch]

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  • YD | March 24, 2012 5:03 AMReply

    Robert Pattinson is good in Remember Me, he's good in WFE and yeah he's good as playing the super-weird vampire in the Twilight films as well, and he's acting differently in all three. Just from the first line in this trailer I can already tell he's acting very differently again. He's a damn good actor, I know his lines in Twilight are super shallow but his performances have always been very solid.

  • Evan | March 23, 2012 2:24 AMReply

    Cronenberg is one of my favorites and this looks great. Still not sold on Pattinson. I'm not hating because of Twlight, I just haven't found him to be very good in anything I saw him in. But, I will give him a chance and I hope he and the movie do well.

  • Nik Grape | March 22, 2012 3:43 PMReply

    Looks pretty good, but let's be honest, it could also be complete garbage. Trailer barely showed us anything. It does look like Cronenberg is going back to his bodily forms and fluids days, which is something to be excited about. Pattinson on the other hand, again, what did we see that we can honestly say is "seriously impressive"? Let's hope.

  • CRONE ZONE | March 22, 2012 2:33 PMReply

    Cronenberg didn't go anywhere, but this looks FUCKING AWESOME! Super stoked on this.

  • hank | March 22, 2012 2:19 PMReply

    WAS THAT A DINOSAUR? If it has CGI dinosaurs it must be the greatest movie ever made. So transgressive. DID YOU SEE THE DINOSAUR. Why is the headline not about the Dinosaur?????

  • paul | March 22, 2012 2:34 PM

    i think its a rat.

  • paul | March 22, 2012 1:32 PMReply

    this looks like the best film pattinsons ever done. i 2nd that it looks like classic cronenberg.

  • bonzob | March 22, 2012 11:26 AMReply

    Looks great, but what's the Cronenberg is back nonsense? I wasn't a big fan of A Dangerous Method but it's far from bad. Otherwise he's been on a spectacular roll for the last decade or more.

  • Leyna | March 22, 2012 10:34 AMReply

    Nice..this is looking really good. I'm glad Robert Pattinson is getting away from his 'norm' (twilight..) to do something challenging. Let's hope it works out well!
    I'm really excited to see this Cronenberg film.

  • Tietat | March 22, 2012 10:26 AMReply

    it looks really good, a real great Cronenberg. other than that, people should forgive one day Rob Pattinson to have participated in this absolute shit that's Twilight! give him a chance!

  • rodie | March 22, 2012 10:17 AMReply

    What an exciting year for movies 2012 is going to be.

  • xxx | March 22, 2012 10:16 AMReply

    to all the guys who have their face buried between Jennifer Lawrence legs....we love our Rob Pattinson...He has what you do not have...Intelligence, Intensity, Presence, Humanity , he is humble and awkward , kind and funny and a great actor right on the heels of deNiro , Brando , Pacino......

  • Kendrol | March 22, 2012 2:26 PM

    I'd rather have my face buried between an Oscar nominated actresses' legs, then between a dude who has failed to impress on every and any occasion he has been in front of a camera (Cosmopolis excluded since none of us has seen it).

  • Oogle monster | March 22, 2012 2:25 PM

    I love R Patz fans because they take delusional to a whole new level. It's like arguing with a 2 year old. If R Patz is on the heels of Brando, Pacino and company, then Selena Gomez must be the new Cate Blanchett.

  • IM1LuckyWoman | March 22, 2012 1:06 PM

    I think you're getting a little carried away here XXX. I am a huge Rob fan, but let's be realistic. He IS all those nice things you've said about the REAL guy...but he is still working on his craft and hopefully evolving into a great actor. I don't think he's "right on the heels of deNiro, Brando, Pacino" just yet...but I do think he's definitely in the race now. Time and the roles he continues to choose will tell just how close he gets to running in the pack.

  • Lily | March 22, 2012 11:03 AM

    What? okay I'll admit Robert seems a pretty nice and genuine guy but that doesn't make him a great actor.. he is milestones away from Pacino or De Niro.. give him some time.. and maybe just maybe in a few years he'll become a good actor.. I'm not hating on him (saying this before any fangirl could attack me) just stating the obvious.

  • No | March 22, 2012 10:34 AM

    The fact that you are comparing Pattinson to de Niro, Brando, Pacino...I don't know if I should laugh or cry.

  • Eve | March 22, 2012 10:33 AM

    Are you kidding? Al Pacino, De Niro? hahahahaha

  • reverend | March 22, 2012 10:07 AMReply

    Cannes here we come!

  • jason | March 22, 2012 9:53 AMReply

    Robert-dull-faced-Pattinson has no act. He RUINS 2 good movies. He is nothing but a beautiful face, which we can find a lot in hollywood. Just show some of his naked scenes then his fans call him a good actor. He should go back to London and sing in a bar.

  • Kay | March 22, 2012 12:57 PM

    When you can use proper English I'll take what you say half-seriously. Just because his fans think he's hot doesn't mean they don't have the ability to critique his acting. Not all think his Twilight performances have been great, but the material is crap, among other things wrong with that saga. Based on his other work not surprised Cronenberg took a chance on him.

  • lil | March 22, 2012 8:53 AMReply

    lol at all these Twilight fans trying to pass off as serious film fans.

    I'm unsure how a few nanosecond flashes of random bloody images translate into something brilliant, but whatever, that's what the Playlist does...

  • P | March 22, 2012 1:38 PM

    Lol!! Actually I'm laughing at your comment about twilight fans just made a senseless assumption , you do know what they they say about assuming ,.... Anyway twilight did entertain me and I am a serious film fan . I'm quite sure I have seen some great films that you've never heard of .. and I'm not a teen or twihard... We could discuss this for a while , but I'm not gonna waste my time . Trailer looks great so far it appears to follow the book even though it's just a glimpse , looking forward to seeing it ... " from a wannabe serious twilight film fan "" ... Lol!!!!

  • Kanerwa | March 22, 2012 9:48 AM

    lol at Pattinson haters trying to sound like serious movie experts.
    Everything is almost just like in the book ,but sex scene with Didi (J.Binoche) should take place in her apartment,not in the limo,so it's Cronenberg's vision.

  • TimParker | March 22, 2012 8:19 AMReply

    Holy moly i know it's just a short trailer but this looks really awesome. Cronenberg and DeLillo, of course it's a good combination. And have to give Robert Pattinson credit, even in those 30 seconds he comes across like a great performer, easily shredding away the Twilight stuff

  • Sadie | March 24, 2012 9:53 PM

    The "Twilight" series did two important things for Robert Pattinson: the movies made him a household name and a multimillionaire, now Robert can get to work on his "serious" movie career. Personally, I have enjoyed the "Twilight" movies; they have been light and amusing. The series actually got many young & older people to begin reading again, and as a retired Language Arts/Reading teacher, I was quite pleased by that. Like a nice bubble bath, they sort of take you away from reality for awhile.

  • Bill | March 22, 2012 7:50 AMReply

    Robert Pattinson's accent could use work.

  • actionman | March 22, 2012 7:23 AMReply

    Cronenberg never left.

  • alex | March 22, 2012 7:14 AMReply

    What is that accent? Cronenberg is trolling.

  • IM1LuckyWoman | March 22, 2012 1:10 PM

    The accent is supposed to be "New York". Not sure exactly HOW that's going to play out over the course of the whole film. I don't think that one short sequence is enough to tell how good or bad it will be.

  • jess | March 22, 2012 6:45 AMReply

    Whoaa, It looks really really cool!

  • Lynne Elliott | March 22, 2012 6:27 AMReply

    Roll on the 23rd May 2112, this film look's great!!!!

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  • Oliver Lyttelton | March 22, 2012 7:52 AM

    2112? Boy, you are going to be waiting a while.

  • lenij | March 22, 2012 6:23 AMReply

    this looks really promising. seems cronenberg found his mojo again. no trace of twilight on pattinson. can't wait.

  • Tate | March 22, 2012 5:38 AMReply

    WOW! looks like Cronenberg is back! R-pattz seems to fitting as well... who knows he might surprise us! definitely gonna watch this!

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